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Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« on: January 11, 2019, 12:47:59 pm »
I'm writing a screenplay scene set in Hell. I'm wanting to specify that it's in the "grey mists", as a tip of the hat to the old MUX. But my spell checker keeps flagging this. Am I right in remembering that it was the "grey mists", or was it actually the "gray mists" as my spell checker insists?

Also, does any long-time user have the etymology of the term? Did it come from an old role-playing or computer game or such? Thanks.
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Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2019, 02:03:29 pm »
Also, does any long-time user have the etymology of the term? Did it come from an old role-playing or computer game or such? Thanks.

The Origin is in this message from the old Delphi version of this forum:

From: Randall (GRAYLENSMAN)
To: ALL (1 of 580)
Posted: 8/6/2003 6:23 pm

I get all sorts of weird messages through the "Report Site Problem" form on our web site. This afternoon, I received one entitled "Warlocks all and be damned" from a "Lady Kismea" with the obviously fake email address of "guess AT youidiot.com". According the single massive run-on sentence message, we have all been declared "warlocks and traitors to the Goddess and The Wicca" apparently because we talk people out of believing the BS in many Wicca 101 books through "discussion and debate."  I assume this is someone having a good joke because of how the message reads, but if not, we've all been "warlocked." LOL.

Read the message for yourself and see what you think. (And if the jokester who wrote this masterpiece wishes to come forward and take a bow, I think it is well-earned.)

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For its many crimes against The Wicca, disputing the truth of the ancient knowledge of The Wicca, destroying the faith of those new to The Wicca by discussion and debate, failing to follow the Rede, denying the Great Goddess, etc, I, Lady Kismea, daughter of the Setting Full Moon, high priestess of the Coven of the Crystallized Tree, do declare by the complete will of the Goddess that the Cauldron, its so-called Pagan forum, and all its staff and members are declared warlocks and traitors to the Goddess and The Wicca, this status to follow them throughout all their lives, that none of The Wicca shall ever accept or aid them, may their souls wonder the grey mists forever.

http://forums.delphiforums.com/CUSTOM7999/messages?msg=10257.1
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Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2019, 05:12:24 pm »
The Origin is in this message from the old Delphi version of this forum:

http://forums.delphiforums.com/CUSTOM7999/messages?msg=10257.1

Ah. Perfect! Wish I could share the scene with you now, but the rest of the story still needs some tweaking and it wouldn't stand up well on its own.
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Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2019, 06:31:45 pm »
The Origin is in this message from the old Delphi version of this forum:

Thanks for linking to that; as a (relative) newbie to the Cauldron, I'd not seen or heard of that particular bit of site history. It was one of the most entertaining things I've read in a while!

I guess a good troll never gets old, assuming it was a troll and not an actual... something?
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Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2019, 08:57:10 pm »
I guess a good troll never gets old, assuming it was a troll and not an actual... something?

To this day, we have no idea. No one on TC ever admitted to writing it, so we have to assume someone out there actually was serious. TC was NOT popular at the time with the more "fluffy" segment of the Pagan community nor with the people who really wanted to believe that Wicca was passed down from the stone age. Neither group liked our "discussion and debate". ;)
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Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2019, 10:53:44 pm »
To this day, we have no idea. No one on TC ever admitted to writing it, so we have to assume someone out there actually was serious. TC was NOT popular at the time with the more "fluffy" segment of the Pagan community nor with the people who really wanted to believe that Wicca was passed down from the stone age. Neither group liked our "discussion and debate". ;)

Hmm. I wonder, since I wasn't part of the community at the time, whether I still fall under the imprecation? I did look at the link to the original discussion where someone was asking about Koi and what happens to someone who tries to afflict a Christian with a curse intended for pagans? I had a thought flash across my mind of the old, "Feedback!" trope which DC Comics used to use when someone in their universe tried to transmute or shapeshift another transmuter or shapeshifter...kept sides from getting too uber-powerful....
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Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2019, 10:59:22 pm »
Hmm. I wonder,

But the critical question is, do you wonder the grey mists.
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Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2019, 11:28:36 pm »
But the critical question is, do you wonder the grey mists.

I wonder if I can have what she's having...?

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Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2019, 06:26:45 am »
Hmm. I wonder, since I wasn't part of the community at the time, whether I still fall under the imprecation?

I think we decided that everyone who has ever visited TC was supposed to be affected by this curse. ::rolling eyes::

I guess it has been quite effective. After all, to this day we still wonder about those grey mists.
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Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2019, 12:37:56 am »
I think we decided that everyone who has ever visited TC was supposed to be affected by this curse.

I'll go out and make as many eldritch pacts as I want and Lady Kismea can't stop me. Unlimited eldritch blast, baby!!

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Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2019, 05:47:07 am »
I'll go out and make as many eldritch pacts as I want and Lady Kismea can't stop me. Unlimited eldritch blast, baby!!

I see you've embraced being a warlock.
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Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2019, 09:17:32 am »
I'll go out and make as many eldritch pacts as I want and Lady Kismea can't stop me. Unlimited eldritch blast, baby!!

Oh that'd be such an awesome name for a band "Eldritch Pacts" - I wish I was at all musical, or could sing!
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Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2019, 01:03:48 pm »
Oh that'd be such an awesome name for a band "Eldritch Pacts" - I wish I was at all musical, or could sing!

On reflection, is Eldritch Pacts too difficult to pronounce?  I may start a band names thread in humour and quizzes...
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Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2019, 06:09:59 pm »
From: Randall (GRAYLENSMAN)

*understands literary reference*
*feels old, but in a good way.*

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Re: Long Time CauldronMUX Users Help Wanted
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2019, 06:33:03 pm »
*understands literary reference*
*feels old, but in a good way.*

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